The year is 1883 in Ohio a midwife trys to help one of her friends in the town who is about to deliver but get told to take the children. Then a accident puts the childrens father and her together and to avoid scandal the bishop insist they need to marry.
Amishwoman Sara Lapp, all but shunned for studying with the local doctor to become a midwife, is shocked that, after months of waiting, her first call to tend a birth comes from self-appointed outcase Mad Adam Zuckerman, except that Adam's wife has already died in childbirth.
Adam did not call Sara to tend the birth, but to give her his children. Though Sara knows his girls belong with their father, how can she leave them with a man who seems not to care for them? As much as she loves and wants the girls, she decides that she will only take them long enough to teach Adam to love them.
Adam is afraid to love his children, afraid that in doing so, he will hurt them in the way his father hurt him. Without Abby to protect them, Adam must find someone else, and he can think of only one woman brave enough, Spinster Sara Lapp, the little midwife whose passion for things beyond her control is greater than is good for her.
When Adam falls from the barn loft, drunk, Sara moves in to tend him, and she brings his girls. Then the Bishop takes a stand--a man and woman living together must marry or be shunned--and Sara and Adam will be forced to face the greatest challenge of their lives.
This was a great book. I couldn't put it down and finished it in one day. I learned a lot about the Amish through this book. I hope Ms. Blair does a story for Emma and Jordan.